The Night Fire

The Night Fire

Book - 2019
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Jan 03, 2020

The team:
Bosch was retired and an outsider, no longer encumbered by LAPD rules and procedure. Ballard was not retired but she was certainly out of sight and out of mind on the midnight shift. That made her both an insider and an outsider.
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Olivas was the lieutenant-now-captain who had been in charge of Ballard’s old unit, Homicide Special. He had been the one who drunkenly pushed her up against a wall at a unit holiday party and tried to stick his tongue down her throat. That one moment changed the trajectory of Ballard’s career and barely left a bruise on his. Now he was captain and in charge of all of the Robbery-Homicide Division squads. But she had made her peace with it. She had found new life on the late-show beat. The department brass thought they were exiling her to the dark hours, but what they didn’t know was that they were redeeming her. She had found her place.

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Jan 03, 2020

John Jack always knew when somebody was lying. He once told Bosch it took a liar to know a liar but never explained how he had come by that piece of wisdom.
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‘CBA’ — the case is closed.” “Meaning?” “Cleared By Arrest. It means no further investigation.”
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“Man’s gotta pay the bills. We’re not all happy-go-lucky pensioners like you.”
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Bosch turned and looked down into the grave. John Jack’s box appeared to have been made of stainless steel. “He picked it,” Margaret said. “He said it looked like a bullet.”
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Bosch had always thought it wasn’t a bad way to go—doing what you loved.
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Take every case personally and you get angry. It builds a fire. It gives you the edge you need to go the distance every time out.
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Soto was Bosch’s last partner in the LAPD. It had been more than three years since he had retired, but they had crossed paths several times since.

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Jan 03, 2020

Hollywood was a different place in the dark hours, after the neon and glitter had dimmed. Ballard saw the change every night. It became a place of predators and prey and nothing in between, a place where the haves were comfortably and safely behind their locked doors and the have-nots freely roamed. Ballard always remembered the words of a late-show patrol poet. He called them human tumbleweeds moving with the winds of fate.
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“I’ve got three units at Seward and Santa Monica,” Washington said. “I’ve got no call there.”
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“You’ve got three basic car areas that are contiguous there,” she said. “And that’s where an all-night mariscos truck parks. They can all code seven there without leaving their zones.”

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Jan 03, 2020

Hollywood was a different place in the dark hours, after the neon and glitter had dimmed. Ballard saw the change every night. It became a place of predators and prey and nothing in between, a place where the haves were comfortably and safely behind their locked doors and the have-nots freely roamed. Ballard always remembered the words of a late-show patrol poet. He called them human tumbleweeds moving with the winds of fate.
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“That is what you get with schizoaffective disorder,” Freud responded. “You have all the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, as well as of mood disorders like mania, depression, and paranoia. The latter leads to the psyche taking on protective measures such as the nodding and agreement you see in the video of the confession.”

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Jan 03, 2020

Crips gangs or sets shared the symbol of the six-pointed star, its points symbolizing the early altruistic goals of the gang: love, life, loyalty, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom
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“I take wiretap requests very seriously,” he said. “It’s the ultimate intrusion, listening to somebody’s private conversations.”
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“What is paliperidone?”

“It is a dopamine antagonist. A psychotropic used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. In many cases, if administered properly, it allows those afflicted with the disorder to lead normal lives.”

“And does it have any side effects?”

“A variety of side effects can occur. Each case is different, and we come up with drug therapies that fit individual patients while taking into account any side effects that are exhibited.”

“Do you know that the manufacturer of paliperidone warns users that side effects can include agitation and aggression?”

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Jan 03, 2020

They were all “throwaway” victims — drug addicts and prostitutes — whom society, and police departments, had marginalized and given little notice to.
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“— twenty-five years of my life and I was putting people in jail when you were giving boys blow jobs under the bleachers. You insult me and you insult everything I ever did down there.
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“You can’t ever know why a child decides to do something.”
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The confession was bogus — it came from a man who would have confessed to killing the Black Dahlia if he had been asked.
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The judge saw that, knew this case was a duck without wings,
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“See, that’s what I mean. That’s the problem. It isn’t a ‘lifestyle.’ And it’s not a ‘choice.’ You’re hetero, right?” “Yes.” “Is that a ‘lifestyle choice or are you just hetero?”

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Jan 03, 2020

14U24ME. “What is that?” Marko said. “One for you, two for me,” Ballard said.
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Seeking a wiretap approval was a complicated and difficult process because listening in on personal phone calls starkly conflicted with Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure. The probable cause for such an intrusion had to be complete, airtight, and desperate. Complete and airtight because the writer had to lay out in the probable cause statement that the threshold of criminal activity by the target of the surveillance had been easily passed. Desperate because the investigator must also make a convincing argument for the wiretap being the only alternative for advancing the case against the intended target. A wiretap was supposed to be a last-resort measure, and so required a detective to get the written approval of the department. It had to be signed off on by a high-ranking supervisor — like a captain or higher.

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Jan 03, 2020

It had been Bosch’s experience that threats made by criminals heading off to prison were mostly hollow. They were the last gasps of people crushed by the system and who had nothing left but the ability to throw empty promises of revenge at those they perceived as their tormentors. Bosch had been threatened many times in his years as a police officer and detective, and not once had the person who issued the remark acted on it.
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Investigators routinely approach subjects without warning. It is better to get extemporaneous answers to questions rather than prepared statements. It’s a basic rule of homicide work: don’t let them see you coming.
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The first move they made was to find out whether Laurie Lee Wells was Laurie Lee Wells.

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Jan 03, 2020

By law the police were forbidden from listening to personal calls. If a call was not specifically about the crime documented in the probable cause statement in the search warrant, the listener had to turn off the speaker but was allowed to check in briefly every thirty seconds to confirm the ongoing phone conversation was personal in nature.
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Will we stand out if we’re in there? “You will. But I can pass for high yellow.” It was true. Ballard was mixed race — part Polynesian for sure,
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Submarining was a team leaving their assigned patrol area and cruising close to the station so they could return quickly when the shift was over…
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“Driver left his door open and has a past record of gun violence. If there is a weapon in here, we have a public safety issue. I think that qualifies as a ‘search incidental to a lawful arrest.’”

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Jan 03, 2020

“We call ICE, they get sent back and then they do it again,” Ballard said. “They go through all the rape and horrors they went through getting here the first time.”
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Through Perez they one by one told stories that were sad and horrible, yet typical of such journeys made by desperate people. They had traveled from Oaxaca, Mexico, and were smuggled across the border in an avocado truck with a secret compartment, each forced to pay for the trip by having sex with several of the men involved. Once across in Calexico they were placed in the van, told they owed thousands of dollars more for the remaining trip, and driven north to Los Angeles. They did not know what awaited them at the address on Etiwanda in the Valley but Ballard did sexual servitude in gang-operated brothels where they would never break even and would never be missed should they stop earning and their masters decide to bury them in the desert.

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Jan 03, 2020

Ballard set the waiver form and a pen down in front of Dupree. She then got up and moved behind him, uncuffed his right wrist, and snapped the open cuff closed around the middle bar of the chair’s backrest. She stayed behind him. “Go ahead and sign, then bring your hand back here.” Dupree signed the document and did as instructed. Ballard reversed the process and recuffed him, then went back to her seat.
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He was a violent criminal but Ballard felt empathy for him. He had been born into a dog-eat-dog world, and now he was the meal.
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Ballard had a delayed reaction. “Holy shit,” she finally said. “Yeah,” Bosch said. “Holy shit.”
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…take your pick — a drug addict, an ex-con, and a gay man in love with a black gangbanger.
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You know — professional courtesy, scumbag to scumbag.”
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Critical Incident Vehicle, which was a thirty-two-foot RV repurposed as a mobile incident command and interview center.

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Jan 03, 2020

So every day he put on his suit and tie at home and told his wife he was going to work, but he was really going to his own murder trial and keeping it a secret from her. He was hoping he’d get a Not Guilty and she would never know. “What happened?” “Guilty. Bail revoked on the spot and he’s taken away to jail. Can you imagine that ? You get a collect call from your husband at the county jail and he says, ‘Honey, I won’t be home for dinner — I just got convicted of murder.’”
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We have to write up a survey and then spread out and find people on campus to take it. Ten questions about FOMO. She pronounced the last word foe-moe. “ What is ‘foe-moe’?” Bosch asked. “Dad, come on,” Maddie said. “Fear Of Missing Out.”
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It’s not a big deal but you always get mad when you think I intentionally don’t tell you things. I think it’s called FOLO — Fear Of Being Left Out.” “That doesn’t make sense. Plus FOLO is already taken: that’s Fear Of Losing Out.

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Jan 03, 2020

“You want to make deputy chief, don’t you?” she said. “Going out on a DC’s pension, that would be sweet. Add a corporate security job to that and you’ll be rolling in the green, huh? Living on the beach.” City pensions were based on salary at the time of retirement. There was a long history in the department of promotions within command ranks just prior to retirement — with city taxpayers footing the bill. There was also a history of punitive demotions among rank-and-file members that lowered their pensions and payouts.
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“I always knew there was something I liked about you besides your looks. You’re a devious bitch and I like that. Always have.”
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Bosch didn’t believe in coincidences but he knew they happened. And here two detectives working different cases had just found a link between them. If that wasn’t a coincidence, he didn’t know what was.

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Jan 03, 2020

…after the investigation into the assassination of Robert Kennedy revealed the need for an elite team of investigators to handle the most complex, serious, and sensitive cases — politically or media-wise — that came up. She walked by posters displaying photos and narratives on cases ranging from the Manson murders to the Hillside Stranglers to the Night Stalker and the Grim Sleeper — cases that became known around the world and that helped cement the reputation of the LAPD. They also established the city as a place where anything could happen — anything bad.
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“I’ll have the sand dabs and an iced tea.” The waiter wrote it down and then looked at Ballard. “Are they good, the sand dabs? ” Ballard asked Bosch. “Not really,” Bosch said. “That’s why I ordered them.”

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Jan 03, 2020

“Someone stole my ID and has been impersonating me for two years,” Wells said. “They even filed my taxes last year and got my return, and it’s like nobody can do anything about it. They ran up so much debt I’ll never be able to buy a car or get a loan. I have to stay here because I already own it, but now my credit is shit and nobody will believe it’s not me. I tried to buy a car and they said no way, even though I had letters from the credit-card companies.”
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She just looked at him with what was either a sneer or a crooked smile. Like an actress Bosch had always liked over the years. Oddly, he started thinking about the movies she had been in: Diner, Sea of Love, the one where she was a detective working a serial case and…
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“You’re not even a cop.” “I don’t know,” Bosch said. “Once a cop, always a cop, I guess.”
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“The only mistakes I have ever made came from trusting men.” “They can let you down. Some of them.”


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